Jacket & Suit Alterations
Design & Alter is well known for its experience and excellence in formal and jacket alterations. Our jacket tailors are professionals skilled in maintaining and reapplying the finish of the original making the alteration unnoticeable. This might not be important for all garments but most definitely for a designer and high-quality suits. Hence we are very conscious about the finish of any suit alterations. Whether it is the colour and quality of thread, the type of stitching or any additional details; original bindings will be reapplied and accessories matched with the best possible outcome for our clients in mind.
As an example one of the most common jacket alterations is shortening sleeves; this can be done in different ways: Shortening a sleeve from the cuff is a straightforward process and might only include resetting of vents and buttons. Occasionally the sleeve cuff will be unpicked, the length then taken off the sleeve and the cuff then reapplied. However, should your jacket hold extensive detailing we recommend shortening the sleeves from the shoulder of a garment? This helps to preserve the proportions, detailing like buckles, working buttonholes and overall integrity of the original design. The work takes longer and is therefore slightly more expensive. It provides a great final finish and is a very professional way to shorten sleeves.
Jacket alterations | shortening/lengthening sleeves – altering waistlines – narrowing shoulders – restyling armholes – restyling collars – cuff alterations – pocket repair – adding in-seam pockets – re-new jacket and coat linings – narrowing sleeves – adding buttonholes, shams and working buttonholes – completing unfinished sleeves – vent alterations
Trouser alterations | shortening/lengthening hems (we offer a choice of finishes) – tapering trouser legs (full-length/half-length) – taking in/letting out waist – trouser repairs – pocket repairs
Appointments: We work by appointment in which you will be looked after by one of our experienced fitting consultants. They advise you on alterations needed to fit your garments well. At the end of the fitting we establish an estimate listed as a breakdown of alteration steps for you to go ahead with. Sometimes we can provide you with a variety of solutions and some might save costs. Please do let us know your budget. *Please bring your shoes, belts and accessorise you would like to wear with your garments.
Fittings can be booked in our studios, in your home environment or hotels in central London at your convenience.
Charges: Our charges are based on time at a rate of £72 per hour for fitting and alteration charges. Depending on the complexity and construction of your garment, charges may vary.